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Who's Right and Who's Wrong About All This Church Stuff? (1 of 12)
Series: GROWING PAINS
1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Acts 18:1-11
Series Introduction: Today we are beginning a new teaching series that is focused in the NT book of 1 Corinthians. You can read about the founding of the Corinthian church in Acts 18. Corinth was a metropolitan city in every way. It was a costal city and therefore became a financial center. As such it became a center for culture, athletics, and music. On a high hill overlooking the city was a temple to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. At one point the Greek geographer Strabo claimed that the temple housed a thousand temple prostitutes. As you heard in the media introduction this morning the term "Corinthianize" was a testimony to the moral decadence of the city. So it was in the midst of that cultural context that Paul plants a church.
The church had a tremendous start and Paul worked for eighteen months, longer than any other church start. However, after his departure the church began to experience some significant problems. He receives a visit from Chloe's people and a letter from some individuals in the church informing him of the problems back in Corinth and he begins a series of correspondence to correct the problems.
Why a study of 1 Corinthians? Good question.
Romans 15:4 (NIV)
4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
There are some things that Paul addresses in this pastoral letter that could have been written to us as early as this morning. We need to be reminded of some very important matters less we find ourselves in the same situation as the Corinthian church.
A CHURCH WITH A GOOD BEGINNING
The first thing Paul does is to see and express thankfulness to God for what He has done in the life of the church. He does not immediately focus on the problem, but rather he reminds the chu ...
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